Hi Jerry. What type of dowels are you using? I've only used ones that are fluted, or have tiny grooves on them. This allows excess glue to exit the hole.
Sounds like the same dowels that I'm using. My mistake, or think it was my mistake, is that I put glue on the edges of the boards as well as the dowel. I tried to not use but a small amount of glue, but it didn't work.
I got the boards apart, thank goodness I had only tired one joint, I'm still talking about wood working, not what that sounded like.
I let the glue set and then cleaned the edges up on the jointer and started over. This time I have only put glue on the dowels and not a lot of it. The fit looks alright so far. I had to hammer the workpieces to getter with a rubber mallet, hope that the seam still looks good after ithe glue sets up. I won't go any further until I see how the joint looks after the glue is set.
By the way, the boards being joined are 42" long, leaveing some lengh for trimming later, I'm putting 13 3/8" dowels into each joint, this might be over kill, I don't know so if it is and somebody with more experience knows, I'm open to suggestion.
I can drill about 30 holes before there is only one light of the three still lighting up on the PC cordless drill's fuel gauge. I change batteries when only the one light still lights up. I'm drilling into quarter sawed white oak, the wood is pretty hard. The batteries charge back up in less than 30 minutes, sure do like the cordless drill, it's my first one.
If learning about these things weren't so much fun I think that I have to give woodworking up, it seems that most of what I have done since I started this phase of my life is to learn and learn and no matter what I try there is more to learn, has anybody else found this to be true for them???